Lucknow: Soon after the controversial high-level meeting on “reconstruction” of Ram temple in Ayodhya, the red-faced Samajwadi Party reportedly transferred Secretary (Home), Sarvesh Chandra Mishra, and suspended a section officer on Saturday.
The reaction from the state government came shortly after Principal Secretary (Home), RM Srivastava, on Friday apologised for the “error” and said he was taking responsibility for the folly of some “junior level” officials.
The subject line of the meeting stated the “reconstruction of Ram temple in Ayodhya on the lines of Somnath temple”. The Uttar Pradesh government admitted the “error” and had promised action against the guilty.
“There are errors in the letter issued on October 9 by the department for convening the meeting and parts of intelligence input on the VHP sponsored ‘Sankalp Diwas’ on October 18, which should not have been made public, got mentioned in it,” Srivastava said at a press meet.
“The language used in the letter is not correct,” Srivastava said, adding an inquiry would be conducted and action would be taken against those responsible.
Srivastava stressed the error should not be taken as any policy decision of the government and “some errors do take place in the department as officials work throughout week”.
Secretary (Home) Mishra issued the letter asking the DGP and other senior officials to attend a meeting on October 14 for discussion “regarding parliamentary law by the Centre for reconstruction of temple at Ram Janmabhoomi on the lines of reconstruction of the Somnath temple”.
The letter was sent to DGP, ADG (LO), ADG (intelligence), IG (LO), IG (Railways, Lucknow), IG (Lucknow), IG (Faizabad) and DM and SSP of Faizabad.